By Mark Hicks / Gannett Tennessee
CLARKSVILLE, TENN. A man who caused an explosion when he crashed a
car into a gas station on July 4 has struck again, literally.
John Ward, the driver in that incident, crashed a rented SUV into a house Monday afternoon in North Clarksville.
about 12:40 p.m., Clarksville Police were called to 3201 Twelve Oaks
Blvd., where the Ford SUV had left the road and smashed into the home.
"I'm just thankful nobody was home," said Jason Corpio, the homeowner.
wife, Tamara, had stopped by the grocery after leaving her job at Fort
Campbell, and came home to find about 10 emergency vehicles gathered
near her house.
"My first thought was, 'Oh no, I hope
that's not my house,'" she said, but as she came closer, she saw
paramedics tending to a man at the front porch.
"He was shaking, and he said he was really sorry," she said. "He looked really rattled."
After assessing the situation, Tamara Corpio called her husband, who was at work with the 101st Aviation Regiment.
told him the good news is it didn't hit the truck or the boat," she
said, referring to a sleek 1955 Chevrolet pickup in the driveway and a
runabout parked in the middle section of their three-car garage.
bad news was the rear of the SUV protruding from a once-closed garage
door, and its nose emerging though a side wall of the garage where a
door accessed the backyard.
It appeared Ward had turned
from Suellen Way onto Twelve Oaks when he lost control and traveled
through the neighbor's front yard, narrowly missing the house but
clipping a shrub. It continued to the Corpios' home, leaving marks
across the concrete driveway before crashing into the garage door.
had a riding lawnmower right behind the garage door, and when the car
hit, it threw it up against the side of the dog's kennel, where we keep
him during the day," Jason Corpio said. "It just about took out the dog.
He was pretty traumatized. He wouldn't move for a long time, but he's
Emergency crews were concerned that the impact
had caused structural damage to the corner of the brick home, so they
called in a building codes inspector before removing the vehicle, he
A quick-response team from the Corpios' insurance company came to the
house, where the couple has lived for a couple of years with their two
sons, and temporarily secured the openings.
Jason Corpio said the crew had no estimates of the damage.
just want to know why he (Ward) is still on the road," said Tamara
Corpio, who learned from emergency workers of his previous wreck. "I
think they should have done something after the first time.
"I guess they call it an accident for a reason."
the July 4 wreck, Ward crossed oncoming traffic in a Lincoln MKZ and
hit a gas pump at the Exxon gas station at 715 S. Riverside Drive,
He caused an explosion that critically injured a Clarksville man with third-degree burns.
Sgt. Charles Gill, police spokesman, said Monday that both wrecks are under investigation.